Sarcococca; Sweet Box:
This is without doubt the best scented plant in the world 9in our opinion anyway). One sprig can fill the whole downstairs with a wonderful perfume in winter.
So you do really need to grow one or two!
Sarcococca is alsoa dark glossy evergreen shrub, which is happy in shade and some sun, and in most places as long as it’s not bone dry and sunbaked. On top of all that, it doesn’t get eaten by bugs, it doesn’t spread flop or droop and it really requires very little attention from you at all.
So a bit of a star then – however you only want to get S. Confusa, the others have a spreading habit which isn’t so good.
We try and use it as much as possible in our designs:
Scented Plants : Sarcococca Confusa
I don’t know why the trend in gardening over the years has been for really showy flowers with frilly bits and a multitude of colours but not much else – when one of the greatest pleasures anyone can have is walking up a drive and getting your nose assaulted by the most wonderful smells!
A flower that is all bling but no scent, is a bit like walking into a sweetie shop and realising all the goodies are made of wax – why have no smell! Sarcococca (and you want the ‘Confusa’ variety) is a glossy dark green shrub that is tough as old boots. It practically grows anywhere, you can grow annuals through it, it won’t mind – but boy oh boy, come the winter you will wonder why you have never had one before.
Who needs scented candles – a couple of sprigs in the house and you will feel happy all day long!